Avocados are the kind of goodness that comes along once in a lifetime. How often can you say that something that is so inherently delicious is actually good for you? I'm only halfway through the day and I've already had avocado in two forms: some delicious homemade guacamole, and a pineapple-avocado smoothie. If you've never put one in a smoothie before, DO IT!! It makes shakes naturally thick and creamy without any added dairy.
By now, we all know that avocados are full of healthy fats and great nutrients, but guess where their highest concentration of nutrition actually is? It's that huge part we've all been tossing out: the seed! Avocado seeds contain nearly 70% of the whole fruit's vital nutrients. This makes sense if you think about the nutritional value that seeds are known to have in general (and the biology behind why).
Naturally, you can't use the pit directly out of the avocado. It takes some manual processing, either by chopping it into bits with a sharp knife, grinding it up in a food processor, or grating it. Once it's been turned into little pieces, it can be used in a number of ways:
- Add some to smoothies and salads to boost nutritional profile
- Use as an exfoliant for radiant skin
- Make a dye for fabrics
- Use in hair to fight dandruff and add shine
Can you believe it? I had no idea we were throwing away such a useful part of the avocado! Check out the video below to learn more about the various uses for avocado seeds.
H/T: David Benjamin